I chose this novel from the offerings of NetGalley because of it’s setting.
A few years ago I met a wonderful family through my daughter. They live in a rural area near Townsend, Tennessee where this novel is set. Tennessee, being far from where I live in Nova Scotia, holds a fascination for me – and I would love to visit there one day.
The novel is not at all the type of book I generally favor. A Christian romance. The characters were engaging and the Smoky Mountain area setting divine. However, I found the female protagonist a little ‘too good to be true’ and the ‘bible-belt’ way of life foreign to what I’m used to.
Grace Conley is a 50ish widow – with grown children and a strong Christian faith – who makes a new life for herself when she leaves her opulent Nashville lifestyle to run a bed-and-breakfast in small-town Townsend. The people she meets there along with her involvement with Jack Teague, a single father and local lothario make for escapist fiction. However… despite the fact that Lin Stepp‘s novel followed a formulaic plot line, it was eminently readable.